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with injuries. several injuries had to withdraw. >> maybe a wild card winner. >> wide open you. want to join. let's go play at wimbledon. >> do you play? >> no, doesn't matter. ranked 131, meet sharipova. >> we may win. >> if i got on and saw a serve. go running back up to the stand. >> hey, may have a chance. >> break the racket out of my hand. the food trend that blends japanese favorites and deep fried american favorites. breast-feeding advocates, a blunt message for duchess kate, before her due date of all times. the question is, will she follow through? you are watching "world news now." ♪ baby baby baby ooh thought you'd always be mine ♪ >> "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. you by no no hair
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♪ if they say why tell them that it's human nature ♪ ♪ why why michael jackson's oldest son took the stand in his family's multimillion dollar lawsuit against concert promoters aeg. >> testimony revealed details
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about life with the legendary superstar and heartbreaking period after losing him. >> reporter: the family album of a pop icon. memories of michael jackson flood the courtroom where the singer's oldest son, 16-year-old prince took the stand. the jurors viewed home life of the three children, how their father raised them. he asked them here what they all want to be. >> i want to be a movie director and an art tect. >> reporter: prince testified his life will never be the same without his father. all three jackson children are suing tour promoter aeg for $50 million each in general damages. the claim alleges aeg hired dr. conrad murray and failed to supervise him. prince told the jury that he saw his father angry at aeg officials who were partnering
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with him for his comeback tour. he said his father would cry some time. he said they're going to kill me. they're going to kill me. the teen also told jurors about his father's secretiveness. when dr. murray came nightly to the house the bedroom always locked. aeg claims tour producers did not know of treatment with propofol. they denied hiring him. he said his relationship with jackson went back to 2006. in court, the defense played an earlier statement from prince. >> did your father pay dr. conrad? >> i have seen him a couple times. >> did he pay him in cash? >> only a couple times in the house, but mostly in vegas. >> defense attorney, marvin petnam. >> we shouldn't minimize how tragic the loss is for them. it doesn't go to why their father passed. >> reporter: miriam hernandez, abc news. >> feel bad for the kids. >> in the news. paris attempted suicide a couple weeks ago.
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prince somewhat addressed that. he is 16. paris is 15. she was hit the hardest because she was daddy's little princess. >> of course. >> understandable. only little girl in the family. >> seems like real good kids, don't they? >> his dad instilled hard work, following your dreams. he wants to bea film maker. he said when he was young. he says he still wants to do that. he says his gpa in high school was a 3.68. incredible for children so privileged. >> no doubt. good for them. coming up, the big question for duchess kate. will she or won't she? >> the noisy debate whether kate middleson will choose to breast-feed even in public. in our next half hour, game changer in clothing design. fancy fashions appealing to plus-sized women with style. you are watching "world news
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kate middleton, duchess kate has been setting trends since she became part of the royal family. >> that is likely not going to change when she becomes a mom. that's why she is at the center of quite an attention grabbing debate over the choice to breast-feed. here's abc's senior medical contributor, dr. jennifer ashton. >> reporter: it may be the most photographed royal bump ever. as the duchess is just days away from giving birth all eyes are turning from the royal baby to, well the royal bosom. reporter beverly turner is challenging, kate to breast feed in public writing in this op-ed what we need is the duchess of cambridge to get her royal orbs out to feed our future monarch and to be applauded, not seethed at for doing so.
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turner, mother of three herself is calling on women with power and influence to get their milky bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures. >> if we are seeing role models and iconic images positively breast-feeding that absolutely will have a positive impact on breast-feeding. >> reporter: one of most controversial and often stigmatized decisions for new moms. in the uk breast-feeding rates are dropping with 6,000 fewer women initiating the practice in 2012 than the year before. in the u.s., they are actually rising. >> there is a big call to action for education around breast-feeding. the initiation rights are higher. >> reporter: hollywood moms are helping to spread the message. from gwen stephani, pink, and amanda kerr, all photographed nursing their babies. for many, breast feeding doesn't come easy. some think it is unfair to put the pressure on kate, who is already under immense scrutiny. this mom tried breast-feeding all three of her children but
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was never totally successful. >> it made me think i wasn't cut out for the whole motherhood thing. the choices she and prince william make to feed their child are theirs alone the they don't have to be the poster child for breast-feeding or formula feeding for that matter. >> all right. dr. jennifer ashton reporting. public breast-feeding the topping of our facebook question of the day. >> are mothers of newborns more likely to breast-feed if they see high-profile moms are nursing? we'd look your insight on our fan page. wnnfans.com. all about public breast-feeding aspects. not breast needing. that's destigmatized. no doubt how wonderful it is. no doubt how great it is for the health of your child. i think it is about the public aspect of it. what do you think? moms at home who aren't very public figures will see a celebrity breast-feed, in public, and say i will breast-feed not only in public or in general.
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>> i think it can't hurt. >> man. you know, you put any kind of celebrity. >> destigmatized a little bit. a right way and wrong way to do it. you can do it subtly. >> blatantly. >> some what tastefully. some what.
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>> welcome to "the mix," everyone. no doubt everyone likes doughnu doughnuts. a whole lot of people like sushi. what would you say to the idea of marrying the two? >> sushi and doughnuts. sounds better on paper than it might in your mouth. >> sushi doughnuts. take a look at the picture. something that actually exists in thailand. pick these up there. these are made by, mr. donut. they're actual doughnuts. don't taste anything like raw fish. nothing to worry about. cool, interesting to look at. apparently, twitter user from japan, visiting thailand. spotted these. decided to take a picture. put it on twitter.
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it blew up. the things have been around for a few years actually. now they're blowing up all over the place. here is their little tv ad. they look just like sushi rolls, sashimi rolls. and they actually lack kind of delicious. >> they do look good. not really fish. >> not really fish in the middle or on top or side or anywhere. >> fish and sugar not a good combo. >> pure, unadulterated sugar. sushi donuts. sushi-do. >> get a box imported. try on the set. ready, a couple dumb criminals. one later. give you this one now. 64-year-old attempting to steal a car, he is foiled. it took too long. he is in australia. attempting to steal a woman's car, at knifepoint on saturday. kind of serious. doesn't flee quick enough. took too much time loading his walker and groceries into the get away car. this is the truth. and knifepoint, 22-year-old woman. and, needless to say, he is under arrest. the police, who responded call it one of the most bizarre
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incidents they have ever seen. set to appear in court today. >> he might not make it. still trying to load the walker. >> the walker and prison jumpsuit. >> oh, man. okay, so i want you to take a look at this picture. i will explain while it is up there. this is out of tokyo. that's what you will find itch you look on google street view some where in tokyo. this is a group of writers for japan's daily portal-z, like a website. they pulled this stunt after hearing that a street backpacker was in town to take pictures of the streets with the google street camera. they stood up. and that was the picture. they had pigeon head, masks. >> happened to have them? >> happened to. at a nearby photo shoot. able to catch them with the camera. that was the, that was the picture. >> pigeon heads, might as well use every excuse you can. >> surprised that is not happening more often. not ending up with crazy things on google'
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this morning on "world news now" -- into the night. celebrations in big cities after the supreme court two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage. the impact of the decisions and the opposition. troubling testimony, teenage friend of trayvon martin tells the florida courtroom about his final moments. what she told the court and what it means to the george zimmerman case. so sorry, paula deen's tearful tv apology. what experts say about the chef's reputation as her cooking empire appears to collapse. oprah winfrey's turn around. the former daytime queen of talk has something to talk about
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herself. that's in "the skinny" on this thursday, june 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good thursday morning. we'll get to the news. lots to talk about. it is likely going to be a month before same-sex marriage ceremonies start up in california. the federal court says it will take that long for the judicial wheels to start turning. >> two decisions by the supreme court led to celebrations still going on at this hour in new york and california where county clerks offices are adding extra workers to handle the demand for marriage licenses, abc's tahman bradley is at the supreme court with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. an enormous day at the supreme court. major victories for same-sex marriage. across the country, loud celebrating. from coast to coast, gay rights supporters are savoring the victory. at the supreme court, there was jubilation. it was 83-year-old edie windsor's win on behalf of the
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legally married same-sex couples. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. >> reporter: the high court struck down the federal defense of marriage act said it violates gays equal protection right and the ruling clears the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. the vote divided along ideological lines, 5-4. not everyone is happy. >> the supreme court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage. >> reporter: in a separate decision the justices cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage in california by refusing to rule on the substance of a challenge to california's prop 8. the court simply said the defenders of the law had no standing to bring the case before the court. >> to be able to return to california and finally get married. >> reporter: california officials say that day could come soon. >> there will be legal same-sex marriages in california within the next month. >> reporter: president obama phoned the plaintiffs, one call captured live on msnbc.
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diana and john, this is not over. the court did not rule whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. keep in mind 35 states ban same-sex marriage. diana, john. >> thank you very much. the pentagon will begin the process of extending federal benefits to same sex spouses to military members. chuck hagel hosting a gay pride event, will extend health care, housing an benefits as soon as possible for 18,000 same-sex couples in active duty, national guard and reserves. it's not clear how many are legally married. the nation's highest military court overturned the conviction of a u.s. marine. sergeant lawrence hutchins serving 11-year sentence for murder of an iraqi villager. hutchins claims his constitutional rights were violated when we was held for six days without access to a lawyer. the military court agreed. key witness who captivated the courtroom in george zimmerman's murder trial back to the stand today.
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the last person to talk to trayvon martin before he was shot and killed. abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: she described the raw, final moments of trayvon martin's life as she says she heard them in his last phone call. >> tell us if you can what he described was happening. >> a man was watching him. >> reporter: the prosecution asking the star witness about the man martin said was following him. that man was george zimmerman on trial for second degree murder. >> he looked like a creepy -- >> reporter: while her testimony was often hard to understand -- >> if you can't understand just raise your hand. >> reporter: the emotion in court self-evident. martin's father weeping. she was on the phone for the critical moment of confrontation between zimmerman and martin. >> and said what are you following me for? >> reporter: then the phone went dead. under cross-examination, she admitted she never reported the incident to police and never went to martin's funeral.
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>> you have to understand, the last person to talk to the person and he die on the phone. >> reporter: throughout the day the jurors were riveted. as the defense grilled her she became increasingly combative. likely to see more of that as her testimony continues. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. >> fascinating witness. in a lot of ways. she didn't want to be there. clearly felt uncomfortable. a lot of experts say that in some respects her candor, the fact that she didn't seem affected trying to be the perfect witness made it compelling and made it believable, this girl wasn't really, seem to want to lie. >> she wasn't the only witness. there was the neighbor of george zimmerman living in the same complex as george zimmerman and trayvon martin's fiance, where trayvon martin was headed that night. both women. both extremely emotional on the stand. you heard from the young lady who was talking about what she
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heard on the phone and then the neighbor talks about what she heard when she opened the window and she claims she thinks the person yelling for help in the 911 call, while on the phone with police is trayvon martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by george zimmerman. this is just my opinion, what do i know? this is a panel of all women. we keep seeing female witnesses go up there and be emotional. so easy as a woman to put yourself in the position, feel helpless, hopeless, if i were there that's probably the way i would react. she didn't go to the funeral. i think women can understand she was emotional and afraid and so young when it happened too. 18, 19, a teenager. >> no doubt. all right. moving on. instead of a mansion in boston suburbs former new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez wakes up in a jail cell facing murder charges. arrested yesterday. accused of shooting a friend who prosecutors say, hernandez was angered with a few days before he was killed. hernandez pleaded not guilty. released by the patriots two
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hours after he was arrested. the state of texas hit a grim milestone. executing its 500th inmate since it resumed capital punishment more than 30 years ago. kimberly mccarthy, the first woman put to death in the u.s. in three years. convicted in the brutal murder of and robbery of her 71-year-old neighbor. happened near dallas in 1997, when mccarthy was addicted to crack. and a crazy legal story from south florida for you here. a man is blowing the whistle on the guy he calls his neighbor from hell. francisco torres produced surveillance video from his south miami home that he says shows his neighbor doing yard work and other activities when he should have been in court. the neighbor is facing charges stemming from several domestic incidents including allegedly egging hernandez's house and killing his grass with chemicals. that is a neighbor from hell. >> if it is true, you better believe it. at least 15 delta passengers
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got sick after a transatlantic flight from istanbul, turkey, to jfk met by health inspectors and investigators from cdc. 15 passengers got violently ill after eating chicken served none went to the hospital. along the jersey shore, seemingly perfect day interrupted by a big bang. the sun was shining. water looked innovating when all of a sudden -- [ explosion ] check that out. suspected mine believed to be left over from either world war i or world war ii. it was detonated by military explosives team. 15 homes near the scene were evacuated. 15 boats kept away. the device was discovered tuesday. may have been exposed by hurricane sandy. how fascinating is that? >> in the water. to today's weather. heavy rain and thunderstorms for the eastern third of the country. right there in the nation's middle as well, clear for most of the west. >> temperatures rising to
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dangerous levels. 99 in colorado today. no help at all for crews battling wildfires. phoenix, 110. dallas, 102. the heat wave will last through next week in many areas. >> feeling hungry this morning? a story for you. a dish that is kind of like thanksgiving -- but it's turkey in a different kind of way. tur-duck, i believe. >> the tur-ducken. this is different. this is an entire camel stuffed with a lamb that has been stuffed with a chicken. a traditional, tribal dish prepared for wedding feasts and special get-togethers. >> camel stuffed with lamb and chicken. the whole thing has been named largest item on any menu in the world by folks at guinness. variations on the meal make it bigger. fish and eggs. >> so, we eat the tur-ducken here. that's the cam-lam-chick. >> the idea of eating camel does not appeal to me. that looks pretty good. no? no?
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didn't look appetizing to you? >> looked like an enormous dead, skinned camel without a head. >> in new york it wouldn't taste as good. there in an exotic low cal. i would be like, yep, i will eat it. >> i'll take lamb and chicken. hold the camel. coming up, celebrity proposals. moments after the supreme court's big decisions. >> fashion designers finally figure out you can have high style in plus-size, a game changer for women seeking style. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. united health care. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80%
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♪ i'm sorry so sorry >> all right, not clear yet whether paula deen has hit bottom. the tv chef lost one of her biggest partnerships wal-mart. >> the move came hours after deen tried to explain herself and asked for forgiveness on national television. here is steve osunsami. >> i want people to know who i am. >> reporter: her most emotional and defensive moment yet. southern cooking's most successful business woman breaking down into tears trying to save her brand, apologizing again for racist language. >> i am not an actress, i'm
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heartbroken. >> reporter: paula deen told nbc it was 30 years ago when she last use aid racial slur. >> if there is anyone out there, that has never said something that they wished they could take back, if you are out there, please, pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. >> reporter: at wal-mart where they sell dishes, candles and knife sets her tears weren't much. they announced that "we are ending our relationship with paula deen enterprises." today caesar's casinos left her closing her restaurants. >> so happy to show you my stoneware. >> reporter: at kmart and sears, where they sell her cookware, they're exploring the next steps. without question she is working hard to keep the partners she has left. relationships worth nearly $16 million.
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>> it is going to be a tough road to get back her empire. but, she has got to do it now. because, in a year, some one else will have replaced her. >> reporter: her representatives shared letters of support from smaller partners, springer mountain farms chicken who truly believe her when she says she is sorry. >> can she move on? >> no, i don't think she can move on yet. >> reporter: the sun is still shining on paula deen. tonight advance sales of her latest cookbook are up by more than 1,000%. steve osunsami, abc news. >> this one is so tough. to really know at what point. when can she move on? has she done enough. reverend jesse jackson said deen called him. he said she should not become a sacrificial lamb over the issue of racial intolerance. what she did was wrong. but she can change. >> that's what she has been saying all along. this was back in the day. this was in the south when i was younger. i am not that person anymore.
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does it give her some kind of credibility that now, there are some people that are supporting her, there are people who are buying her cookbooks. a lot of people who are jumping ship on this one. >> no doubt about it. coming up, melissa etheridge and kristin bell have something in common. and melissa
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"the skinny" time. after the landmark decision in favor of gay marriage, wedding bells are flying for a lot of people, including celebrities. let's talk about kristen bell asked dax shepherd to marry her. got engaged in 2009. and vowed to wait until gay marriage was legal in california as a gesture of respect to close friends. it's on. also another celebrity, melissa etheridge announcing plans to marry after the prop 8 victory. looking forward to marrying my partner in three years. getting married in california. love is love. america is beautiful. i am proud to be an american. >> that is sweet. a lot more of this is going to happen. other celebrity couples have said the same thing. they will wait before they do anything. one, controversial couple. going to get married, not going to get married. brad pitt and angelina jolie.
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we'll wait to hear what their next move is. the ball is in your court. moving on to this, "forbes" announced the top five most powerful celebrities. and here is a list. madonna. number five. beyonce, four. steven spielberg, three. and lady gaga, two. who is number one although second place in the last couple years -- oprah winfrey. >> of course. >> the queen of daytime television herself has returned to take her spot. as the number one most powerful celebrity in forbes annual celebrity 100 ranking. there you have it. you know her network was kind of flailing a little bit when it first started. wasn't a lot of programming. people didn't know what to make of it. a daytime show. not, we don't know what to do. sound like it may turn a profit in 2013. good news for oprah. good news for the viewers.
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they would have suffered if it went away. here is a tidbit for you not in our packet, but awesome. she apparently picked up a couple soap operas were going online. picked them up. "one life to live," "all my children." come on over. why not. >> daytime audience. >> i am one. >> she is smart. knows what she is doing. alyssa milano, grew up, got quite sexy. i agree. and 15 years ago on the cover of maxim. she is 40. 15 years later, back on the cover of maxim magazine. >> she is not wearing anything under the shirt. she looks a little homely with the plaid shirt on. she doesn't have anything underneath it. >> beautiful as the ever. always been a fan. in the magazine, talks about being a child actor, and i think christina applegate are the only two who maintained a career path, past the shows that
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with quantum. voted product of the year by consumers ! ♪ i'm every woman i'm every woman ♪ all right, there are more plus-sized women than ever before, some superstars adele, octavia spencer. >> these women are not shy and demanding more fashionable clothes and designers are stepping up. abc's paula faris has more. >> reporter: high fashion has long catered to a very slim population of women. the average runway model is a size zero. but in the real world the average american woman is a size 14. most designer styles tap out at size 12. some brands, like abercrombie &
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fitch don't sell bigger sizes for women, leaving those in the plus sized market with few options. but that trend is changing. fuller-figured fashionistas are demanding flattering, trendy clothes. >> there has been a common misconception that that block of women who are those sizes don't really care much about fashion but that couldn't be further from the truth. >> reporter: high-end designers, michael kors, calvin klein and vince camuto are creating stylish pieces for plus sized women. plus-sized blogger, gabby greg, collaborated with swimsuits for all, to create a suit that sold out within an hour. >> the fashion industry is a business and a lot of the fashion designers we are seeing that was untapped market. 20% of our revenue is from women who are over a size 12. and finally like, ding. let's get going. >> reporter: we made our way to
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bloomingdale's with plus sized fashion blogger, alyssa wilson. >> if you make it we'll buy it up. >> reporter: to check out the growing selection of fashion for fuller, fabulous figures. >> no more moo-moos, basic black. we want the same thing we see on the runway. >> reporter: she found them. giving us her own fashion show. proving that when it comes to beauty, size doesn't matter. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> not only the right thing to do, it's profitable. not surprising. >> you know, i just think this is proof, sad to say, how closed minded the designer world its. designers used to think plus sized women didn't like to spend as much as smaller women. now they're learning it is just an untapped market. duh. of course they want to spend and look just as beautiful as everyone else. nothing for them to buy. 14% of the industry.
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good morning, i'm john muller. >> i'm diana perez. here are some of the top headlines we are following this morning on "world news now." former nsa analyst edward snowden is now in his fourth day at an airport in moscow. his u.s. passport has been revoked. it remains unclear what his next move will be. snowden is facing espionage charges for revealing secrets of two secret electronic surveillance programs. president obama starting his week-long visit to africa in senegal this morning. the president will stop in tanzania and south africa. the white house says any visit with nelson mandela would be up to mandela's family. michael jackson's oldest child showed jurors photos and videos of life with their famous father. 16-year-old prince the first family member to testify in
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their multimillion dollar lawsuit against jackson's concert promoters. wild wednesday at wimbledon. defending men's champion, roger federer, ousted along with maria sharapova ousted. seven other players forced to withdraw with injuries. those are some of the top stories on this thursday, june 27th. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," with john muller and diana perez. >> good morning. we begin this half-hour with celebrations around the country. following two major supreme court decisions. same-sex marriages in california are expected to start again next month. and thousand gathered throughout the day in new york's greenwich village to mark the occasion. >> reporter: thumbs up from gay rights supporters. >> never thought i would live to see the day. >> reporter: who have been waiting decades for a ruling that for them changes everything. >> we'll be getting married on our 40th anniversary which is in october. >> reporter: historic supreme
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court decision drew hundreds of people to the village and a rally outside the stone wall inn. >> because we are all equal people! >> reporter: the site of gay rights demonstrations in the '60s is now a place where people offer toasts to progress. >> to equal rights for all in america. >> reporter: a moment they choose to capture in time. the gay rights movement has come a long way. >> there was the first gay liberation parade it was called. 40 years ago. >> reporter: 49-year-old dustin pittman was 49 years old was 16 when he took photographs of a gay pride parade in manhattan that he says drew just 300 people. the nation's president applauded the ruling as did new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> it is not the government's business to tell you who you can love, live with or marry. it is not. >> reporter: in the tri-state area, only new jersey doesn't have a same-sex marriage law on the books. >> listen, i don't think the ruling was, was appropriate.
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>> reporter: on a radio show, governor chris christie criticized decision. >> it is just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for. i thought it was a bad decision. but it has no effect on new jersey at all. so we move from here. >> reporter: gay rights supporters are moving forward to. what does this mean to you? >> it is incredible. >> reporter: feeling emboldened. >> it's validation, you know, and equality. >> reporter: governor christie says he would veto same sex marriage again if it crosses his desk. it is up to the voters of new jersey to decide the issue. >> edie windsor cried for joy when she learned the supreme court used her lawsuit to strike down the defense of marriage act. windsor sued when she was slapped with a $300,000 estate tax after her wife died. the 84-year-old former executive spoke to reporters outside of her manhattan apartment about what the ruling means. >> the beginning of the end of
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stigma, okay, of lying about who we are, i think it is the end of suicides, i think it is the end of teenagers falling in love and not knowing that there is a future for them, okay, with love. >> windsor will get her estate tax payments back with interest. couples in states which recognize same-sex marriage will soon gain access to 100 federal benefits. conservative lawmakers on capitol hill say they'll introduce a constitutional amendment to reinstate the defense of marriage act. in california supporters of proposition 8 are vowing to continue their fight against same-sex marriage. our coverage continues now. >> reporter: as celebrations ring out across the state there is a group of people opposed to gay marriage who aren't so happy. proponents of prop 8 were successful in taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry in california now a blow to their cause. >> we have been told over and
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over again it doesn't matter who you love. but it does matter who you love. it really, really does. and we cannot legislate immorality and expect everyone to say it is okay. it is not okay. >> reporter: others who spent time and energy pushing for prop 8, say it is more of a defeat for voters' voices than a morality issue. >> the decision of marriage should be left to the people. when the people validly enact a law to limit marriage to one man and one woman it should be the people who decide whether that law should be reversed. >> reporter: prop 8 advocates, like these attorneys say the purpose of an initiative like prop 8 is to give people the power to pass laws that their officials may not agree with. >> if someone doesn't like a proposition passed in the state of california arguably they have to do is find one judge, one federal judge to declare it unconstitutional, get a wink and nod from the attorney general and the governor, and it is over. and i think that is a terrible,
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terrible situation to have for an, for the voters, to have their votes count and have their votes respected in a proper system. >> reporter: they will continue the fight against gay marriage. >> the whole purpose of marriage is to protect children. and to give them that balance. and now they don't have that. and all of our institutions are going to be impacted by this decision. unfortunately, we're going to see how far reaching this is. >> and we have incredible images to show you here. san francisco's city hall. lit up with rainbow colors. >> that is amazing. >> that was. >> that was a sight. >> last evening after the decision came down. a beautiful sight for sure. >> not everybody thinks it is beautiful. michele bachmann, maiage is created by the hand of god, no man, not the supreme court can undo what a holy god has instituted. interesting response from nancy pelosi, very terse, who cares, to michele bachmann. >> going back, so you know what exactly what was said. writing the majority was justice anthony kennedy.
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he says the defense of marriage act, places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being a, in a second tier marriage. he says, it demeans a couple. he says it humiliates tens of thousand of children now being raised by same-sex couples. in the dissent, scalia, he says -- he called it jaw dropping the decision. he also said, the decision places anybody that opposes same-sex marriage, makes them an enemy -- >> role of a bigot. human decency. he was upset about that. definitely a victory for some. but a defeat for some others as well. let's talk about texas governor rick perry stepping in after a lawmaker single handedly stopped the state from passing some of the toughest abortion prestrictions in the country. perry called for a second special session after wendy davis led a filibuster that lasted nearly 13 hours, no food, no water, no bathroom breaks, no sitting, no leaving. >> there was a point where i was
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afraid that physically something would happen that would be outside my control. >> if the measure passes as expected it could shut down every abortion clinic in texas and abortions would be performed only in surgical centers. a new push for federal funds to help sick children across the country. lawmakers plan to raise money drawing criticism from both democrats and members of his own party. abc's shoshana walsh has the details. >> reporter: marvin norris' son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and she wants more funding of drugs that helps children diseases. >> any money we can raise to go toward improving the drug treatment that we used for our children. anything that we can do to raise awareness, they're not aware of how serious it is. >> reporter: house majority leader eric kantor is proposing legislation that could do just that. by ending taxpayer funding of
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presidential campaigns and party conventions and diverting $130 million in federal money instead to the national institutes of health to fund research for diseases. like childhood cancers and autism. >> this is an issue all of us can rally around. it is about helping these kids. and if all you have to do is look at them it is really the right thing how to do. >> reporter: the legislation is controversial, on both sides of the aisle. some conservatives say the money should be used to pay down the federal budget deficit without diverting it to other programs. kantor countered saying it could help pay down the deficit. >> if you cure disease you no longer have to spend dollars toward treating the symptoms and the patients of those diseases. >> reporter: americans for campaign reform which aims to keep corporate money out of politics had strong words for the legislation telling abc news it is deeply cynical and they should not pick democracy over
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the health of children. the bill likely to be brought to the floor next month. shnahi well, at least 15 delta airline passengers got sick after a transatlantic fligh the new york bound flight from istanbul, turkey landed last met by hel ind investigators from centers of disease control. etlaing control. july fourth is a week from today, and that means the government is issuing its usual warnings meae with the help of unf mannequins, the potential dangers of fireworks. and they're serious. among tips to those lighting fireworks, have a working hose available, never bend over an explosive and never pick up what you think may be a dud. because it may not be a dud. >> so dangerous. all good tips. a tip to regard the weather today. don't forget your umbrella if you live in the eastern third of the country. plenty of rain and storms through the region.
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bring your sun block out west. >> when dealing with dangerous ratue thiis make srou a w of water. phoenix hits 110 degrees today. and there will be plent triple digits readings across the interior west. be careful out there. cycling's greatest event, tour de france, begins saturday. don't you know they were getting in the mood there. >> yeah, end of a week-long gathering of bike enthusiast s who ride and race high wheel, bicycles, called penny farthings, popular in the 1900s among rich folks. >> very interesting. >> they really move. >> unfortunately for the riders tires don't use air. brakes are difficult. and very little cushioning.& ughthe y little cushioning.& >> i want to try one of those. >> i have a funny feeling they e france if you showed up on one of those. ss those. of those. >> you look appropriate if you ride one while you drink tea and hold your pinky up and wear a monocle. >> no chain. just like a tricycle. attach to the wheel. >> looks painful. coming up, an inovative
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mother with a sewing machine. >> fun creations for kids who can use a boost and a smile. you will see why this is our "favorite story of the day." the 12-year-old football player kicked off of her team. her tough battle to get back on the field is gaining national attention. we'll bring you the story. you are watching "world news now." ♪ i ain't never been nothing but tough ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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charged with murder. his ties to football cut. >> abc's john schifrin reports on the stunning turn of events for one of the nfl's rising stars. >> reporter: wearing a t-shirt and gym shorts, 23-year-old aaron hernandez listened as the charges were read against him. six counts in all. the most serious, the alleged murder of his friend, semipro football player, odin lloyd. earlier the former new england patriots tight end was taken from his home in handcuffs and brought to the courthouse for his arraignment. drafted by the new england patriots in 2010, the team released hernandez after his arrest and removed memorabilia from stores. he has been at the center of the investigation into lloyd's death for days. authorities say surveillance video shows the men together in the hours before lloyd was shot execution-style. his body found last monday in an industrial park, about a mile
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from hernandez's home. a car rented in hernandez's name found abandoned nearby. police have since searched hernandez's estate in north attleborough, massachusetts, and carrying out bags of evidence and expanding the investigation to a creek and wooded area nearby. >> what are you looking for? >> evidence. >> reporter: abc news learned hernandez's cell phone was turned over to police in pieces and home video security system reportedly smashed. authorities say hernandez was captured on one of the 14 surveillance cameras at his house walking with a gun in his hand just minutes after the alleged murder. hernandez pleaded not guilty. the judge denied bail. john schifrin, abc new, attleborough, massachusetts. >> wow. >> ooh. so hernandez's lawyers say all the evidence circumstantial. it is true. that is really strong circumstantial evidence. this is all alleged obviously. this is what i think is interesting. he became a dad november 6. he has a really small baby at home. and he said he intended to change his ways. there is no telling what that means.
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what kind of aaron were we talking about before? what kind of guy before. he was changing his ways. he said this -- now another one is looking up to me. i can't be young and reckless aaron no more, i am going to try to do the right things. >> wow. it doesn't look good. >> really all you can say. >> let the court decide. >> a lot. >> everything you hear, wow. >> a lot, unraveled quickly. looking not so great. >> to say the least. up next, a young girl's gridiron campaign. we'll meet the 12-year-old who just loves to play football. >> why her school is now saying she can't play with the boys anymore. that's coming up next. >> announcer: "world news no
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♪ i ain't never been nothing but tough ♪ ♪ >> here's one tough little girl. 12-year-old madison baxter and her parents launched a facebook
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campaign after her school kicked her off of the football team. >> yeah, the reason the school is giving for the decision has nothing to do with her getting hurt. there is growing controversy over a 12-year-old georgia girl's fight to play football. >> my mom counts it as five sacks. i count it as four. the entire, thought it was one of their boys. when they saw the number and looked at the roster. they saw it was me. standing ovation. right there. >> reporter: maddy baxter the starting tackle for strong rock christian school's sixth grade team. but now, the rising seventh grade school told her she is not allowed to play next year. the reason, she is a girl. >> taking the fun i had for a year and snatching it right out from under me. >> reporter: in a statement to news media, the strong rock
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christian school said middle school girls play girls' sports and middle school boys, play boys' sports. >> reporter: the ceo of the school said boys have lustful thoughts and might think of maddy in an impure way. >> i think it is very archaic and he needs to get with the times. >> reporter: maddy and her mother started a facebook page, called let her play. the page has gotten 25,000 likes and received hundreds of supportive comments. one person writing, maddy, you are such a bright young lady. we are all behind you 100%. and people should be limited by ability not gender. >> it was her dream to get a scholarship one day, be one of the first female football players in college. she really had big dreams. >> reporter: if the school does not have a change of heart, maddy will play in a recreational league next year and may transfer to a different school so she can play the game she loves so much. that video was awesome. did you see the sack she made? that was pro caliber. >> she is good. this is what is great. her mom is a police offer, a male dominated field.
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maddy has been playing football since she was in the 2nd grade. mom is 100% behind her daughter, not because she is proud of her, she has done it. she has gone through it. >> you have a career in football as well. >> me, lingerie football days. there you go. i will just give in. hd 3 you call yourself a suds-maker?
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♪ oh i need someone to read me stories ♪ ♪ oh someone to turn the page all right, finally this half-hour. anyone who has met a child struggling with a serious illness has been touched with their super strength. a seattle mom is helping them out. showing the world. this is our "favorite story of the day." >> selling personalized super hero capes for these children, sparking a movement. neal karlinsky has the story. >> reporter: don't let her smiling 5'3" exterior fool you and never mind the fact that sewing is not exactly a super
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power. robin rosenberger turned making a child's cape just for fun into a movement. >> what does superman say? >> i was making them for my nephew, my son, my dog. it was like an ah-ha moment, this little girl needed one. >> reporter: brianna was battling a skin disorder, she sewed a cape with a big b, super brenna was born. soon anthony in illinois, suffering heart and muscle problem whose became super anthony. super mabel. super andrew. in six months, robin sent 700 personalized capes to sick children in 45 states and 11 countries. each one with a handwritten message, shipped by robin. >> super hero! >> reporter: opened like a gift on christmas morning. >> a cape! i'm a super hero. >> reporter: meet 10-year-old
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super ke. battling a severe gastrointestinal disorder. his mother says he never takes the cape off. >> has taken the cape to the biopsy, emergency rooms, showed patients. it just helps him and gives him a since of comfort. >> reporter: robin now gets 10 to 20 requests a day. >> thank you. >> reporter: she has quit her job and pulled in friends to help. >> reporter: she has quit her job and has pu >> if you would have told me six months ago this would be my life, i would have paid $1 million to make this my life. i wouldn't believe you. >> reporter: robin rosenberger, unlikely caped crusader and america strong. >> how great is that story? an awesome woman, right? are you tearing up again on me, perez. this is what happens. >> i need warnings. >> i told you guys. i need warnings when we are going to do the stories. i have nothing to say. i want to quit my job and go do that. >> i know that was beautiful. >> amazing. awesome. awesome story. >> you need a kleenex. >> i know. >> announcer: mo
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this morning on "world news now" -- making history. the supreme court's two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage. the celebrations and opposition. and the 84-year-old woman who took her fight as far as it can go. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. wow. >> how the court helped redefine equal rights and what's next for groups who oppose this hot button issue. michael jackson's son makes his private family life's very public. his courtroom testimony and the new family home videos never seen before. royal push, breast feeding advocates want duchess kate to do something in public after her baby is born. >> if we are seeing role models and iconic images positively, breast-feeding, that absolutely will have a positive impact on
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breast-feeding. >> will kate follow through and make a statement? it is thursday, june 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good thursday morning. celebrations by gay couples and supporters are lasting well into the morning here in new york and in other major cities around the nation. >> in california where the party filled the streets of los angeles and san francisco, county clerks offices gearing up for a rush of applications for marriage licenses all this after two momentous decisions. abc's terry moran reports from the supreme court. >> reporter: the moment of victory. the two gay couples who brought the case from california and their lawyers emerging into a different america. across the country jubilation among supporters of same-sex marriage. a champagne toast in new york. tears and hugs in san francisco.
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and edie windsor, 84 years old brought the case seeking to overturn the federal law that denied the validity of her marriage declared victory. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. wow. >> reporter: the court in a 5-4 opinion struck down the defense of marriage act. it thus denied legally married gay couples treatment under law. that is unconstitutional because it demeans the couple, humiliates tens of thousands of children being raised by gay couples, serves no legitimate purpose and violates the constitution's guarantee of equality. from social security and veterans benefits to family leave and income and estate taxes, their lives are now equal in countless ways under the law to straight couples' lives. kennedy's opinion called the ruling jaw dropping and accused kennedy and liberal justices of declaring any one opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of
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human decency. millions of americans who cherish traditional marriage will agree. >> a sad day when unelected judges change the definition of marriage. and turn their backs on the will of voters. >> reporter: the court stopped short of declaring every state must allow gay marriage sending the challenge to california's proposition 8 which banned gay marriage back to the lower courts on technical ground, effectively legalizing gay marriage in california. the couples who brought the case will win. >> we would not imagine we would have to go on the journey to get married. i'm proud to be here and that i get to marry the woman i love. >> reporter: what the court did was broaden and deepen the meaning of equality in our constitution including for the first time in a full way, gay americans. terry moran, abc news, the supreme court. but not everyone is pleased
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by the outcome regarding gay marriage in california. prop 8 supporters plan to go back to the drawing board to fight for their cause. they say the supreme court was wrong to overturn a law passed by a majority of california voters. >> we cannot legislate immorality and expect everyone to say it is okay. it is not okay. >> when the people validate a law to enact to one man and one woman. it should be the people who decide whether the law should be reversed. >> the leader of new york's catholic church was unhappy. >> president obama waking up in senegal the first leg of this three-day country visit to africa. >> the white house says the trip will deepen our country's engagement with the continent where the president has family ties. abc's mary bruce is traveling with the president in the capital city of dakur, good morning. >> good morning. president obama returned to africa last night.
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a trip full of symbolism and uncertainty. nelson mandela's waning health looms large. the president is visiting senegal, south africa and tanzania on his whirlwind tour. the itinerary could change if the apartheid leader pass as away. the 94 civil rights leader remains in the hospital where he has been for three weeks. the white house is deferring to mandela's family on whether he is up for a visit from the president. for now, president obama is moving ahead with his busy schedule to promote democracy and economic opportunities on the continent. he will meet with the president of senegal and have of a joint press conference. later the first family will tour a powerful symbol of the inhumane slave trade. notably absent from the
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itinerary is kenya, his father's homeland. where many of the president's relatives still live. kenya's new president is facing charges for war crimes. not a good time for president obama to be visiting. >> thank you, to mary bruce. while in africa, the president will be kept up to date on the situation with nsa leaker, edward snowden. he is in the fourth day at the russian airport. en the past 16 months, six people have been accused of spying for the u.s. in russia. >> the friend who was on the phone with trayvon martin moments before he was shot and killed returns to the stand in the george zimmerman trial, rachel jeantel said martin was being followed and tried to get away. and heard martin telling some one to get off before the phone shut off. testimony resumes in sanford in ape few hours. 23-year-old aaron hernandez is now a former new england patriot and wakes up this morning in a massachusetts jail facing murder charges. hernandez was arrested at his home yesterday in connection with the shooting death of a 27-year-old man, odin lloyd. prosecutors say lloyd angered hernandez a few days before his
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death while they were at a boston nightclub. last summer hernandez signed a five year, $40 million contract with the patriots. >> aaron hernandez was one of the young stars, faces of the national football league. he had been one of best players in the first three seasons for the new england patriots. >> if convicted he faces life in prison without parole. massachusetts does not have the death penalty. >> he is being held, right now, without bail. his attorneys calling the case circumstantial. >> right. weak and circumstantial. he entered a not guilty plea. not just murder, he is also facing five weapons counts. and the story just grows deeper and more bizarre every time you hear about it. >> fascinating story, lives with fiancee and 8-month-old baby. not known if the 8-month-old baby is theirs, but he was living in the house. >> right now investigators are unclear. odin lloyd the victim was shot in several places, arm, chest, back. they don't know who did the shooting, obviously, right now. just an alleged crime connected
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to hernandez. they are starting to piece the puzzles together. not looking very good for him. >> very interesting. we'll follow this one for sure. star-studded crowd expected here in new york for the funeral of actor james gandolfini. a private invitation wake last night only. many fans stood nearby, some of them with pictures of themselves with gandolfini. gandolfini died last week at age 51 vacationing in rome. fallout continues for paula deen, losing corporate deals despite a tearful apology. wal-mart cut its ties to the southern cooking star refusing to place new orders. caesar's casino closing paula deen's restaurants. the announcement after deen went on nbc for apologizing using language decades ago. >> if there is anyone out there that has never said something that they wished they
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could take back. if you're out there, please, pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. >> smaller companies have partnerships with deen expressed support for her. advanced sales of her latest cookbook by the way up more than 1,000%. now a question to the world's best tennis players out there, anybody want to win wimbledon this year? after yesterday, a legitimate question. >> roger federer, defending champion there, won wimbledon, total of seven times lost yesterday to a ukrainian player, ranked 116th. federer's defeat ended his streak of reaching the quarterfinals in 36 grand slam tournaments. >> making her way out yesterday was third seeded maria sharipova, slipped and fell, complaining about condition of the grass surface. sharipova lost to a woman, from portugal, ranked 131. we are not tennis experts here
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at "world news now," not at all. it sure looks good for serena williams. >> sure does. listen to this. after three days. five of ten seeded women. four of the top ten men out of the draw. >> my goodness, number two woman with injuries. several injuries had to withdraw. >> maybe a wild card winner. >> wide open you. want to join. let's go play at wimbledon. >> do you play? >> no, doesn't matter. ranked 131, meet sharipova. >> we may win. >> i do play. i would run back up into the stands, no, i don't think so. >> hey, may have a chance. >> break the racket out of my hand. the food trend that blends japanese favorites and deep fried american indullgence. breast feeding advocates have a blunt message for duchess kate, just before her due date of all times. the question is, will she follow through? you are watching "world news now." ♪ baby baby baby ooh thought you'd always be mine ♪ >> "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair
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♪ if they say why tell them that ♪ if they say why tell them that it's human nature ♪ ♪ why why michael jackson's oldest son took the stand in his family's
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multimillion dollar lawsuit against concert promoters aeg. >> testimony revealed details about life with the legendary superstar and heartbreaking period after losing him. >> reporter: the family album of a pop icon. memories of michael jackson flood the courtroom where the singer's oldest son, 16-year-old prince took the stand. the jurors viewed home life of the three children, how their father raised them. he asked them here what they all want to be. >> what do you want to do in the future? >> i want to be a movie director and an architect. >> reporter: prince testified his life will never be the same without his father. all three jackson children are suing tour promoter aeg for $50 million each in general damages. the claim alleges aeg hired dr. conrad murray and failed to supervise him. prince told the jury that he saw his father angry at aeg officials who were partnering with him for his comeback tour.
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he said his father would cry sometimes. he said they're going to kill me. they're going to kill me. the teen also told jurors about his father's secretiveness. when dr. murray came nightly to the house the bedroom always locked. aeg claims tour producers did not know of treatment with propofol. the company denies hiring him. he said his relationship with jackson went back to 2006. in court, the defense played an earlier statement from prince. >> did your father pay dr. conrad? >> i have seen him a couple times. >> did he pay him in cash? >> only a couple times in the house, but mostly in vegas. >> defense attorney, marvin petnam. >> we shouldn't minimize how tragic the loss is for them. it doesn't go to why their father passed. >> reporter: miriam hernandez, abc news. >> feel bad for the kids. >> in the news. paris attempted suicide a couple weeks ago. prince somewhat addressed that.
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he is 16. paris is 15. she was hit the hardest because she was daddy's little princess. >> of course. >> understandable. only little girl in the family. >> seems like real good kids, don't they? >> his dad instilled hard work, following your dreams. now he wants to be a filmmaker. he said when he was young. he says he still wants to do that. he says his gpa in high school was a 3.68. incredible for children so privileged. >> no doubt. good for them. coming up, the big question for duchess kate. will she or won't she? >> the noisy debate whether kate middleson will choose to breast-feed even in public. in our next half hour, game changer in clothing design. fancy fashions appealing to plus-sized women with style. you are watching "world news now."
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kate middleton, duchess kate has been setting trends since she became part of the royal family. >> that is likely not going to change when she becomes a mom. that's why she is at the center of quite an attention grabbing debate over the choice to breast-feed. here's abc's senior medical contributor, dr. jennifer ashton. >> reporter: it may be the most photographed royal bump ever. as the duchess is just days away from giving birth all eyes are turning from the royal baby to, well the royal bosom. british television reporter beverly turner is challenging kate to breast feed in public. writing in this op-ed, what we really need is the duchess of cambridge to get her royal orbs out to feed our future monarch and to be applauded, not seethed at for doing so. turner, mother of three herself is calling on women with power and influence to get their milky
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bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures. >> if we are seeing role models and iconic images positively breast-feeding that absolutely will have a positive impact on breast-feeding. >> reporter: one of most controversial and often stigmatized decisions for new moms. in the uk breast-feeding rates are dropping with 6,000 fewer women initiating the practice in 2012 than the year before. in the u.s., they are actually rising. >> there is a big call to action for education around breast-feeding. the initiation rights are higher. >> reporter: hollywood moms are helping to spread the message. from gwen stephani, pink, and amanda kerr, all photographed nursing their babies. for many, breast feeding doesn't come easy. some think it is unfair to put the pressure on kate, who is already under immense scrutiny. 34-year-old heather tried breast feeding all three of her children, but was never totally successful. >> it made me think i wasn't cut
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out for the whole motherhood thing. the choices she and prince william make to feed their child are theirs alone the they don't have to be the poster child for breast-feeding or formula feeding for that matter. >> all right. dr. jennifer ashton reporting. public breast-feeding the topping of our facebook question of the day. >> are mothers of newborns more likely to breast-feed if they see high-profile moms are nursing? we'd like your insight on our fan page. wnnfans.com. all about public breast-feeding aspects. not breast needing. that's destigmatized. no doubt how wonderful it is. no doubt how great it is for the health of your child. i think it is about the public aspect of it. what do you think? moms at home who aren't very public figures will see a celebrity breast-feed, in public, and say i will breast-feed not only in public or in general. >> i think it can't hurt. >> man. you know, you put any kind of celebrity. >> destigmatized a little bit.
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a right way and wrong way to do it. you can do it subtly. >> blatantly. >> some what tastefully. some what. what.
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>> welcome to "the mix," everyone. no doubt everyone likes doughnuts. a whole lot of people like sushi. what would you say to the idea of marrying the two? >> sushi and doughnuts. sounds better on paper than it might in your mouth. >> sushi doughnuts. take a look at the picture. something that actually exists in thailand. pick these up there. these are made by, mr. donut. they're actual doughnuts. don't taste anything like raw fish. nothing to worry about. cool, interesting to look at. apparently, twitter user from japan, visiting thailand.
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spotted these. decided to take a picture. put it on twitter. it blew up. the things have been around for a few years actually. now they're blowing up all over the place. here is their little tv ad. they look just like sushi rolls, sashimi rolls. and they actually look kind of delicious. >> they do look good. not really fish. >> fish and sugar not a good combo. >> pure, unadulterated sugar. sushi donuts. sushi-do. >> get a box imported. try on the set. ready, a couple dumb criminals. one later. give you this one now. 64-year-old attempting to steal a car, he is foiled. it took too long. he is in australia. attempting to steal a woman's car, at knifepoint on saturday. kind of serious. doesn't flee quick enough. took too much time loading his walker and groceries into the get away car. this is the truth. and knifepoint, 22-year-old
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woman. and, needless to say, he is under arrest. the police, who responded call it one of the most bizarre incidents they have ever seen. set to appear in court today. >> he might not make it. still trying to load the walker. >> the walker and prison jumpsuit. >> oh, man. okay, so i want you to take a look at this picture. i will explain while it is up there. this is out of tokyo. that's what you will find if you look on google street view some where in tokyo. this is a group of writers for japan's daily portal-z, like a website. they pulled this stunt after hearing that a street backpacker was in town to take pictures of the streets with the google street camera. they stood up. and that was the picture. they had pigeon head, masks. >> happened to have them? >> happened to. at a nearby photo shoot. able to catch them with the camera. that was the, that was the
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- into the night. celebrations in big cities after the supreme court two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage. the impact of the decisions and the opposition. troubling testimony, teenage friend of trayvon martin tells the florida courtroom about his final moments. what she told the court and what it means to the george zimmerman case. so sorry, paula deen's tearful tv apology. what experts say about the chef's reputation as her cooking empire appears to collapse. oprah winfrey's turn around. the former daytime queen of talk
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has something to talk about herself. that's in "the skinny" on this thursday, june 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good thursday morning. we'll get to the news. lots to talk about. it is likely going to be a month before same-sex marriage ceremonies start up in california. the federal court says it will take that long for the judicial wheels to start turning. >> two decisions by the supreme court led to celebrations still going on at this hour in new york and california where county clerks offices are adding extra workers to handle the demand for marriage licenses, abc's tahman bradley is at the supreme court with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. an enormous day at the supreme court. major victories for same-sex marriage. across the country, loud celebrating. from coast to coast, gay rights supporters are savoring the victory. at the supreme court, there was jubilation.
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it was 83-year-old edie windsor's win on behalf of the legally married same-sex couples. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. >> reporter: the high court struck down the federal defense of marriage act said it violates gays equal protection right and the ruling clears the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. the vote divided along ideological lines, 5-4. not everyone is happy. >> the supreme court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage. >> reporter: in a separate decision the justices cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage in california by refusing to rule on the substance of a challenge to california's prop 8. the court simply said the defenders of the law had no standing to bring the case before the court. >> to be able to return to california and finally get married. >> reporter: california officials say that day could come soon. >> there will be legal same-sex marriages in california within
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the next month. >> reporter: president obama phoned the plaintiffs, one call captured live on msnbc. diana and john, this is not over. the court did not rule whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. keep in mind 35 states ban same-sex marriage. diana, john. >> thank you very much. the pentagon will begin the process of extending federal benefits to same sex spouses to military members. chuck hagel hosting a gay pride event, will extend health care, housing an benefits as soon as possible for 18,000 same-sex couples in active duty, national guard and reserves. it's not clear how many are legally married. the nation's highest military court overturned the conviction of a u.s. marine. sergeant lawrence hutchins serving 11-year sentence for murder of an iraqi villager. hutchins claims his constitutional rights were violated when we was held for six days without access to a lawyer. the military court agreed.
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key witness who captivated the courtroom in george zimmerman's murder trial back to the stand today. the last person to talk to trayvon martin before he was shot and killed. abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: she described the raw, final moments of trayvon martin's life as she says she heard them in his last phone call. >> tell us if you can what he described was happening. >> a man was watching him. >> reporter: the prosecution asking the star witness about the man martin said was following him. that man was george zimmerman on trial for second degree murder. >> he looked like a creepy -- >> reporter: while her testimony was often hard to understand -- >> if you can't understand just raise your hand. >> reporter: the emotion in court self-evident. martin's father weeping. she was on the phone for the critical moment of confrontation between zimmerman and martin. >> and said what are you following me for? >> reporter: then the phone went
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dead. under cross-examination, she admitted she never reported the incident to police and never went to martin's funeral. >> you have to understand, the last person to talk to the person and he die on the phone. >> reporter: throughout the day the jurors were riveted. as the defense grilled her she became increasingly combative. likely to see more of that as her testimony continues. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. >> fascinating witness. in a lot of ways. she didn't want to be there. clearly felt uncomfortable. a lot of experts say that in some respects her candor, the fact that she didn't seem affected trying to be the perfect witness made it compelling and made it believable, this girl wasn't really, seem to want to lie. >> she wasn't the only witness. there was the neighbor of george zimmerman living in the same complex as george zimmerman and trayvon martin's mother's fiance, where trayvon martin was headed that night. both women. both extremely emotional on the
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stand. you heard from the young lady who was talking about what she heard on the phone and then the neighbor talks about what she heard when she opened the window and she claims she thinks the person yelling for help in the 911 call, while on the phone with police is trayvon martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by george zimmerman. this is just my opinion, what do i know? this is a panel of all women. we keep seeing female witnesses go up there and be emotional. so easy as a woman to put yourself in the position, feel helpless, hopeless, if i were there that's probably the way i would react. she didn't go to the funeral. i think women can understand she was emotional and afraid and so young when it happened too. 18, 19, a teenager. >> no doubt. all right. moving on. instead of a mansion in boston suburbs former new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez wakes up in a jail cell facing murder charges. arrested yesterday. accused of shooting a friend who
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prosecutors say, hernandez was angered with a few days before he was killed. hernandez pleaded not guilty. released by the patriots two hours after he was arrested. the state of texas hit a grim milestone. executing its 500th inmate since it resumed capital punishment more than 30 years ago. kimberly mccarthy, the first woman put to death in the u.s. in three years. convicted in the brutal murder of and robbery of her 71-year-old neighbor. happened near dallas in 1997, when mccarthy was addicted to crack. and a crazy legal story from south florida for you here. a man is blowing the whistle on the guy he calls his neighbor from hell. francisco torres produced surveillance video from his south miami home that he says shows his neighbor doing yard work and other activities when he should have been in court. the neighbor is facing charges stemming from several domestic incidents including allegedly egging hernandez's house and killing his grass with
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chemicals. that is a neighbor from hell. >> if it is true, you better believe it. at least 15 delta passengers got sick after a transatlantic flight from istanbul, turkey, to jfk met by health inspectors and investigators from cdc. 15 passengers got violently ill after eating chicken served none went to the hospital. along the jersey shore, seemingly perfect day interrupted by a big bang. the sun was shining. water looked inviting when all of a sudden -- [ explosion ] check that out. suspected mine believed to be left over from either world war i or world war ii. it was detonated by military explosives team. 15 homes near the scene were evacuated. 15 boats kept away. the device was discovered tuesday. may have been exposed by hurricane sandy. how fascinating is that? >> in the water. to today's weather. heavy rain and thunderstorms for the eastern third of the country. right there in the nation's middle as well, clear for most of the west.
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>> temperatures rising to dangerous levels. 99 in colorado today. no help at all for crews battling wildfires. phoenix, 110. dallas, 102. the heat wave will last through next week in many areas. >> feeling hungry this morning? a story for you. a dish that is kind of like thanksgiving -- but it's turkey in a different kind of way. tur-duck, i believe. >> the tur-ducken. this is different. this is an entire camel stuffed with a lamb that has been stuffed with a chicken. a traditional, tribal dish prepared for wedding feasts and special get-togethers. >> camel stuffed with lamb and chicken. the whole thing has been named largest item on any menu in the world by folks at guinness. variations on the meal make it bigger. fish and eggs. >> so, we eat the tur-ducken
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here. that's the cam-lam-chick. >> the idea of eating camel does not appeal to me. that looks pretty good. no? no? didn't look appetizing to you? >> looked like an enormous dead, skinned camel without a head. >> in new york it wouldn't taste as good. there is an exotic local. i would be like, yep, i will eat it. >> i'll take lamb and chicken. hold the camel. coming up, celebrity proposals. moments after the supreme court's big decisions. >> fashion designers finally figure out you can have high style in plus-size, a game changer for women seeking style. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. ited health care. united health care. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80%
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♪ i'm sorry so so ♪ i'm sorry so sorry >> all right, not clear yet whether paula deen has hit bottom. the tv chef lost one of her biggest partnerships wal-mart. >> the move came hours after deen tried to explain herself and asked for forgiveness on national television. here is steve osunsami. >> i want people to know who i am. >> reporter: her most emotional and defensive moment yet.
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southern cooking's most successful business woman breaking down into tears trying to save her brand, apologizing again for racist language. >> i am not an actress, i'm heartbroken. >> reporter: paula deen told nbc it was 30 years ago when she last used a racial slur. >> if there is anyone out there, that has never said something that they wished they could take back, if you are out there, please, pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. >> reporter: at wal-mart where they sell dishes, candles and knife sets her tears weren't enough. they announced that "we are ending our relationship with paula deen enterprises." today caesar's casinos left her closing her restaurants. >> so happy to show you my stoneware. >> reporter: at kmart and sears, where they sell her cookware, they're exploring the next steps. without question she is working
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hard to keep the partners she has left. relationships worth nearly $16 million. >> it is going to be a tough road to get back her empire. but, she has got to do it now. because, in a year, some one else will have replaced her. >> reporter: her representatives shared letters of support from smaller partners, springer mountain farms chicken who truly believe her when she says she is sorry. >> can she move on? >> no, i don't think she can move on yet. >> reporter: the sun is still shining on paula deen. tonight advance sales of her latest cookbook are up by more than 1,000%. steve osunsami, abc news. >> this one is so tough. to really know at what point. when can she move on? has she done enough. reverend jesse jackson said deen called him.
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he said she should not become a sacrificial lamb over the issue of racial intolerance. what she did was wrong. but she can change. >> that's what she has been saying all along. this was back in the day. this was in the south when i was younger. i am not that person anymore. does it give her some kind of credibility that now, there are some people that are supporting her, there are people who are buying her cookbooks. a lot of people who are jumping ship on this one. >> no doubt about it. coming up, melissa etheridge and kristin bell have something in common. and
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♪ skinny so skinny "the skinny" time. after the landmark decision in favor of gay marriage, wedding bells are flying for a lot of people, including celebrities. let's talk about kristen bell asked dax shepherd to marry her. got engaged in 2009. and vowed to wait until gay marriage was legal in california as a gesture of respect to close friends. it's on. also another celebrity, melissa etheridge announcing plans to marry after the prop 8 victory. looking forward to marrying my partner of three years. getting married in california. love is love. america is beautiful. i am proud to be an american. >> that is sweet. a lot more of this is going to happen. other celebrity couples have said the same thing. they will wait before they do anything. one, controversial couple.
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going to get married, not going to get married. brad pitt and angelina jolie. we'll wait to hear what their next move is. the ball is in your court. moving on to this, "forbes" announced the top five most powerful celebrities. and here is a list. madonna. number five. beyonce, four. steven spielberg, three. and lady gaga, two. who is number one although second place in the last couple years -- oprah winfrey. >> of course. >> the queen of daytime television herself has returned to take her spot. as the number one most powerful celebrity in forbes annual celebrity 100 ranking. there you have it. you know her network was kind of flailing a little bit when it first started. wasn't a lot of programming. people didn't know what to make of it. a daytime show. not, we don't know what to do. sounds like it may turn a profit in 2013. good news for oprah.
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good news for the viewers. they would have suffered if it went away. here is a tidbit for you not in our packet, but awesome. she apparently picked up a couple soap operas were going online. picked them up. "one life to live," "all my children." come on over. why not? >> daytime audience. >> i am one. >> she is smart. knows what she is doing. alyssa milano, grew up, got quite sexy. hot now. >> i agree. and 15 years ago on the cover of "maxim" magazine. she is 40. 15 years later, back on the cover of maxim magazine. the last time she appeared was -- >> she is not wearing anything under the shirt. she looks a little homely with the plaid shirt on. she doesn't have anything underneath it. >> beautiful as ever. always been a fan. in the magazine, talks about being a child actor, and i think christina applegate are the only two who maintained a career path, past the shows that launched us.
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a child actress survivor. looking good at 40. >> that show "mistresses" on abc. hot. >> i heard about this. on our network. i suppose i should get familiar. >> uh-huh. [ male announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance in sync?
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fitch don't sell extra large sizes for women, leaving those in the plus sized market with few options. but that trend is changing. fuller-figured fashionistas are demanding flattering, trendy clothes. >> there has been a common misconception that that block of women who are those sizes don't really care much about fashion but that couldn't be further from the truth. >> reporter: high-end designers, michael kors, calvin klein and vince camuto are creating stylish pieces for plus sized women. plus-sized blogger, gabby greg, collaborated with swimsuits for all, to create a suit that sold out within an hour. >> the fashion industry is a business and a lot of the fashion designers we are seeing that was untapped market. 20% of our revenue is from women who are over a size 12. and finally like, ding. let's get going.
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>> reporter: we made our way to bloomingdale's with plus sized fashion blogger, alyssa wilson. >> if you make us something stylish and nice and it fits us, we're going to buy it up. >> reporter: to check out the growing selection of fashion for fuller, fabulous figures. >> no more moo-moos, basic black. we want the same thing we see on the runway. >> reporter: she found them. giving us her own fashion show. proving that when it comes to beauty, size doesn't matter. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> not only the right thing to do, it's profitable. not surprising. >> you know, i just think this is proof, sad to say, how closed minded the designer world is. designers used to think plus sized women didn't like to spend as much as smaller women. now they're learning it is just an untapped market. duh. of course they want to spend and look just as beautiful as
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this morning, the supreme court rulings sink in. >> overnight, more celebrations as californians prepare for same-sex weddings. san francisco city hall lit up in the colors of the gay rights cause. we're live with new reaction from both sides. a nation waits. south africa gets word of nelson mandela's declining health. news that threatens to overshadow president obama's trip to the continent. we're live in africa. cutting ties. companies end multimillion-dollar deals with paula deen. but it's not all bad news for the southern cooking queen. and a pop star and his kids. a newly released video. christmas morning with michael jackson. and good thursday morning, everybody.

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